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Life as a Salisbury Cathedral Chorister


Salisbury Cathedral’s Choristers represent centuries of musical heritage and are an integral part of worship at our Cathedral every day.

If your child is enthusiastic about singing, they may be interested in becoming a chorister at Salisbury Cathedral.

As a chorister, your child will get to practice and sing some of the most sublime music ever written in regular choral services at the Cathedral, as well as in national and international concerts, radio broadcast and tours abroad.

As part of Salisbury Cathedral School, our choristers benefit from an exceptional academic environment supporting by the care and warmth of the incredible Cathedral School team. Find out more about life at Salisbury Cathedral School below:

Salisbury Cathedral School

A few years ago, we created a short documentary film of life as a Salisbury Cathedral Chorister. We welcome you to watch below:

This film was directed, shot, and edited by Ash Mills

Voice Trials

The voice trails are our audition process for selecting new choristers. Practically, they involve a short singing piece, aural tests and sight singing, however we are always looking out for genuine enthusiasm and energy too.

We want all Chorister hopefuls to have every opportunity to prepare, so pre-auditions can be arranged throughout the year. We also run a voice trial workshop each year for children to get a feel for what to expect.

Voice Trial Workshop: Saturday 3rd December 2022

Girls’ Voice Trials: 21st January 2023 (for girls in Year 3 or Year 4)

Boys’ Voice Trials: 28th January 2023 (for boys in Year 3 or Year 4)

Please complete the below Voice Trial application form and return to musicofficer@salcath.co.uk

Become a Chorister for a Day

Be a Chorister for a Day is always lots of fun, and children who come get the opportunity to sing along with the current choristers and find out what life is like at the Cathedral and Cathedral School. This day is for children who love to sing and are natural team players.

Parents are welcome too. While the children are rehearsing, Mum and Dad can discover what being a chorister parent entails and gather information about bursaries and grants available to prospective choristers.

The day ends with a special Evensong led by the Cathedral’s Director of Music, David Halls, and performed by all the visiting children with the choristers.

Be A Chorister for a Day (BACFAD): Saturday 8th October 2022

For more information about BACFAD 2022 please contact musicofficer@salcath.co.uk


Virtual Chorister Tour

Join TV star (and former chorister) Alexander Armstrong and a few of our current choristers for a virtual tour of the Cathedral.

Prepare to discover fascinating facts, gruesome stories and quirky traditions as you learn about chorister life throughout the ages.

Virtual Chorister Tour at Salisbury Cathedral with Alexander Armstrong

Please note that this tour is best viewed using a computer or laptop.

The simplest way to navigate through the tour is to do so using the thumbnail images displayed at the bottom of the screen – you may find it helpful to zoom in or out by holding down your ‘Ctrl’ key and using your + and – keys if you have a keypad. 

Click below to launch the tour – make sure you click on the first thumbnail for the introduction video!